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ERIC Number: EJ978486
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-1478-8497
Pygmalions, Galateans and Golems: Why Pre-Service Teacher Beliefs about Children from Diverse Backgrounds (Still) Matter
Zyngier, David
International Journal on School Disaffection, v9 n1 p23-38 2012
This research is located within the call for schools to raise the achievement of students from culturally, linguistically and economically diverse (CLED) backgrounds. It combines quantitative and qualitative research methodologies to compare and contrast preservice teachers' (PSTs) responses to "scenarios" that explore beliefs regarding students from disadvantaged communities. Demographic data is used to determine an innovative Cultural Capital Index, while qualitative responses are coded on a continuum of Cultural Responsiveness to establish and analyse pre-service teachers' beliefs. This paper finds that many PSTs hold deficit attitudes regarding disadvantaged groups of students that may render these teachers unable and subconsciously unwilling to affect a system in need of reform. (Contains 7 notes and 6 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia